James Cameron about to dive to the deepest point on Earth

dougp

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I should have read the original article, whoops. I hope this brings some attention to what we have on our planet to explore. SeaQuest FTW!
 
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DaveSimmons

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I read this in the paper at lunch. It's pretty cool that he's funding the development of new mini-sub designs and setting dive records with them. It's a very creative way to spend his wealth.
 

Fern

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A US group can already get down there, although they are using an unmanned sub.

He's late.

Fern
 

coldmeat

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A US group can already get down there, although they are using an unmanned sub.

He's late.

Fern

I must have read a different article than you. I didn't see where it said he thought he was the first.
 

nboy22

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Isn't the pressure there immense? What kind of camera/rig would they use to withstand something like that? I've always been amazed creatures can live in environments like that.
 

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Isn't the pressure there immense? What kind of camera/rig would they use to withstand something like that? I've always been amazed creatures can live in environments like that.

16000psi
 

dougp

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A US group can already get down there, although they are using an unmanned sub.

He's late.

Fern

I think you're missing the point. A pair have already been to the bottom of the Trench, the point of this is to encourage deep sea exploration and encourage exploration of our own planet and increase awareness of what we have yet to uncover.
 

KlokWyze

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Sweet. I'd like to see that.

Could it be better than that ultra high FPS multi camera narrated movie about NASA shuttles launching!!?!?!??!?! /nerdfapgasm
 

BoomerD

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I'm curious why the trip was shorter than expected.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/wor...cord-dive-but-resurfaces-six-hours-early.html

James Cameron completes record dive but resurfaces six hours early
Director James Cameron has become the first solo diver to visit Earth’s deepest point but resurfaced six hours earlier than expected.

The director of "Titanic," "Avatar" and other films used a specially designed submarine to dive nearly seven miles.

While on the bottom of the ocean floor he spent time exploring and filming the Mariana Trench, about 200 miles southwest of the Pacific island of Guam, according to members of the National Geographic expedition.

As he reached the bottom of the Mariana Trench he sent out a Tweet reading: "Just arrived at the ocean's deepest pt. Hitting bottom never felt so good. Can't wait to share what I'm seeing w/ you."

Cameron spent a little more than three hours under water after reaching a depth of 35,756 feet before he began his return to the surface, according to information provided by the expedition team. He had planned to spend up to six hours on the sea floor.

Cameron's return aboard his 12-ton, lime-green sub called Deepsea Challenger was a "faster-than-expected 70-minute ascent," according to National Geographic.

There were no immediate reports regarding Cameron's well-being. A medical team was present when Cameron, 57, emerged from the sub, according to the expedition.

Expedition physician Joe MacInnis told National Geographic News before the journey that recent test dives, including one that went more than five miles deep, had gone well and that he expected Cameron would be fine.

"Jim is going to be a little bit stiff and sore from the cramped position, but he's in really good shape for his age, so I don't expect any problems at all," said MacInnis, a long-time Cameron friend, according to National Geographic.

The dive, in a specially designed submarine called the Deepsea Challenger, began at around 5.50am Monday local time, after being delayed for several days due to bad weather.

He gave his team the instruction to begin the dive and send the 12 tonne, lime-green vessel into the ocean by shouting: “Release, release, release.”

Once on the surface, Cameron, who also directed Avatar and The Abyss, plans to spend six hours collecting samples for biologists and geologists to study, before making the 70 minute journey back to the surface.

The Mariana Trench is 120 times larger than the Grand Canyon, and more than a mile deeper than Mount Everest is tall.

The only other people to reach the bottom are Jacques Piccard, a Swiss Engineer, and Don Walsh, a US Navy captain, who ventured down in 1960.

However, their sub kicked up so much silt from the sea floor that they were unable to observe anything, and returned to the surface after 20 minutes.


Hopefully, he's fine and the vessel is OK. The Marianas Trench and Challenger deep are very interesting to me. (I like deep subjects...even with a shallow mind) :p
 

BoomerD

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LOL what a good way to spend your $$$

His accounting team probably already has a way to write the costs off for "movie research and development" or something similar.

The taxpayers will pay a sizable portion of the costs.